Asserting Jewish Leadership
Long before revelations of antisemitism and bias towards Jewish dental students at Emory University School of Dentistry became public, Atlanta’s Jewish dentists were a band of brothers.
They had to be.
For years, all around the country, it was nearly impossible for Jewish dental students to get into four-year dental programs. In Atlanta, from 1948 to 1961, Jewish students in Emory's dental school were admitted based on strict quotas. And once admitted, Jewish students were failed or forced to repeat courses at a rate disproportionate to their numbers. It was blatant antisemitic harassment.
No wonder Jewish dental students around world joined Alpha Omega, the international Jewish dental fraternity launched in 1907. Alpha Omega was a source of support, professional networking and advancement for Jewish dentists. To this day it is the oldest international Jewish medical organization with chapters in 10 countries, including Israel. Alpha Omega is also the organization that inspired a philanthropic fund managed at Atlanta Jewish Foundation that has raised the profile of Jewish dentists.